I often bemoan the scheduling trends of Christendom – especially Christenwomandom. Women – because of back-to-school stuff and the ever-expanding holiday season – tend to schedule all their events in September and October or April and May. I’m great with April and May – those are months that I like to fill as full as possible because in Central Oregon, there isn’t much else to do with them. We don’t have much of a Spring ’round these parts so I pretty much live going from one rainy location to another and that’s just fine with me. Fall, however, is a wonderful season and I love it dearly, but for the past few years it seems that nearly every weekend is filled. This year, even the week days are filled with details as I finish up and launch The Joy Project and start another year with Cascade Life Commission.
I’ve gone on and on about all of this to say: I know I keep breaking promises and not posting what I say I’ll post. It seems that with regard to writing, my eyes are bigger than my free time. Anyway, I promised last week or the week before – yikes! – that I would show you my birthday present. Yay, birthdays! I love mine. It’s in the most beautiful time of year and this year it was on a Sunday and oh, how I love Sunday birthdays! So, I have taken pictures of my beautiful birthday gift which my beloved searched and searched for…but I’ve never made time to connect the camera to the computer and actually download it. Some things are very nearly beyond my capability and that’s one of them. But because I’m a woman of my word and because Karen keeps asking, here’s a photo from the manufacturer of the brand new love of my life:
Oh, how I love her! She weighs a lot but she isn’t insecure about her heft. She embraces it and uses it to her advantage. I love orange. I love cast iron. I love Steve for being willing to risk the title Unromantic Gift Buyer of the Year by purchasing a kettle for my birthday.
Yesterday, my family took me to my favorite place for breakfast and then I cooked dinner for everyone last night. Here’s what I made. I followed the recipe exactly and it was a marvel. A lot of work, for sure, but a truly a French classic.
So, this week is wall-to-wall busy, ending with the Selah conference on Saturday. I love the Selah conference. It’s my second year speaking there and I’m so excited to be with that great group of ladies again. If you don’t have plans, it’s not too late to register – so many great speakers, great workshops, great worship, great women. You can’t beat it with an orange dutch oven!
Til Next Week,